While Freddy and Jason are two of the most recognizable monsters in anime, there are plenty of others to keep viewers awake.
Horror writing isn’t a simple task. When people think of “cheap thrills,” they’re missing out on how strong and subtle horror can be. It’s not just scary on the surface, but it has a deep-seated sensation of panic that can linger long after the credits roll.
Also, while “right hands” generally refers to the villains who go bump in the night, the authors of these works serve as the primary Imagineer for them. In each horror franchise, the characters are the most important scare factor, whether it’s their appearance, sense of violence, or even their ideas. While Freddy and Jason are two of the most recognizable monsters in anime, there are plenty of others to keep viewers awake.
1. Gotou (Parasyte: The Maxim)
The Maxim tells the story of a world in the midst of an alien invasion that is both subtle and horrifying. Throughout the novel, these aliens are referred to as “parasites” because they infect and take over human bodies, altering and contorting people’s bodies to help them battle and eat. Adding Gotou to the mix makes this thought much more scary.
Gotou is a superbeing made up of five parasites that was created as an experiment. In this way, he is more powerful, his contortions more unsettling, his bloodlust and scorn for humanity even more ferociously combative.
2. Monokuma (Danganronpa: The Animation)
A teddy bear? Who would have thought? Nobody can match how nasty the robotic bear is, even though Danganronpa makes it a point to be terrified of the people roaming the hallways. After Junko Enoshima has carried out her evil plots, Monokuma is a byproduct and the face of sadness.
As Junko’s death game demanded, he is cold-hearted and dissonantly campy, and he has the kind of short fuse and spoilt attitude that heighten the danger of a hostage situation. He was every student’s greatest nightmare as the self-proclaimed Headmaster of Hope Peak’s Academy.
3. Isabella (The Promised Neverland)
When it comes to terrifying monsters who devour human flesh, the Promised Neverland’s monsters pale in comparison to Grace Field House’s Mama. While selling her high-quality products afterwards, Isabella enjoyed keeping her customers happy with the service they received from her den mother.
It’s only by virtue of her benign appearance that she appears to be the orphan’s compassionate carer for so long. Isabella’s smile cuts deeper than any monster claw, even when she’s grabbing the kids as they flee or grilling them for their falsehoods.
4. Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
The Magicians A lot of damage was done to the genre Madoka Magica is based on. This version of the magical girl employment is significantly more deadly, and the once-sweet mascot figure becomes a prominent villain in the series.
Kyubey makes his first appearance in most other fantasy stories as a fateful encounter with a supernatural being. Instead of fulfilling the girl’s requests or preserving the Earth, Kyubey is merely seeking to get her strong feelings for his people’s satisfaction. Despite his cute appearance, Kyubey has been responsible for the deaths of several young women.
5. Shiro (Deadman Wonderland)
Shiro may be able to play the role of a childhood friend. But she’s become a monster because of her tough upbringing, seclusion, and a lifetime of underground experimentation. She’s become a monster both metaphorically and practically because she’s been desensitized to hurting other people.
Ganta nearly died at the beginning of the novel because Shiro had no concern for human life when she wasn’t in her nasty, fugue state. Even the most powerful Branch of Sin users are frightened by her demonic presence as she enters the abyss.
6. Gantz (Gantz)
There aren’t many other games like Gantz out there that can make you feel like you’re actually dying. It takes newly departed humans and throws them against aliens of various sizes, shapes, and levels of dread in harrowing, sci-fi conflicts. The puppeteer is Gantz, the balled-up man inside the black orb, not the aliens the characters are fighting.
Those who cross him should expect a strong reaction from him, as he is the one in charge of the program. A person can either become one of Gantz’s hunters or the prey of his deathly game, depending on how much he likes them.
7. Megumi Shimizu (Shiki)
This is the story of how a small, impoverished Japanese town was thrust into the heart of an avampire outbreak. Everyone in town is suspicious of the new family that just moved in as loved ones start disappearing and a deadly illness spreads through the village. Megumi Shimizu is the creepiest vampire in this series, even for those who aren’t afraid of vampires.
Megumi was the vampire family’s first victim, and she swiftly rose to the position of one of their most devoted operatives. She develops a deadly infatuation with her high school crush, and she tries to take away everything he cherishes in order to satisfy that passion. Having a crush and then being crushed are two different things.
8. Lucy (Elfen Lied)
Lucy may be known to Kouta and his pals as a pleasant, frail young lady who can barely speak. But lurking beneath her pink bangs, a vengeful beast awaits. Lucy is a member of the diclonius, a species of superhumans. This isn’t only because they have horns; it’s because they have telekinetic arms that can rip the human body into pieces like ribbons.
A combination of a traumatic upbringing and years of government testing have tainted Lucy in particular. Lucy has evolved into the perfect assassin, filled with rage against the world and endowed with abilities that defy explanation.
9. Shion Sonozaki (Higurashi: When They Cry)
If you haven’t read When They Cry, you’re missing out on a mind-bending story that delves into the tragic backstories and disturbing motivations of its central characters. In many of the show’s worst moments, Shion Sonozaki is at the center. Shion may come across as the happy and upbeat kid next door, but when the mood strikes, she turns nasty and unforgiving.
Shion has become a cold and deceitful person because she was banished from her family at an early age and forced to attend a harsh and demanding private school. When she suffers from Hinamizawa Syndrome, she is capable of using her intellect and contempt for other people to inflict immense pain, humiliation, and death on a large population.
10. Mamoru Uchida (Perfect Blue)
There are many anime fanatics who are frightened of becoming like Mamoru Uchida. Because of his lack of social skills and off-putting personality, he is often ostracized by others. Mima, the idol singer Uchida relies on for solace, has recently transitioned to acting, and he grows increasingly infatuated.
As a result, he begins to follow Mima about, sends her ominous notes, and even makes an attempt on her life. He’s the type of fan every celebrity dreads, and he’s a monster that even the most ardent otaku can’t help but fear anytime they contemplate purchasing a new figurine.